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Memorandum for the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1 [Hilldring]
February 3, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Mayor La Guardia saw me today with the request that he be given a commission in the Reserve Corps.
Mr. La Guardia’s desire is to be on the rolls of the Reserve Corps so that if a situation develops where we have a foreign locality in which military government should be exercised he might be utilized for such purpose because of his experience in such matters.1
La Guardia held a commission as major at the end of the World War and was required to resign for some reason because he was accepting a seat in Congress.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Fiorello H. La Guardia had been mayor of New York City since 1934 and director of the Office of Civilian Defense since May 1941. The Personnel Division opposed granting such special commissions except for limited periods and for specific purposes. The letter to La Guardia that G-1 wrote for Marshall’s signature observed: “The publicity that would inevitably follow the appointment of a man of your prominence in public life, would subject the War Department to a deluge of requests from other citizens demanding like treatment.” (Marshall to La Guardia, February 28, 1942, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 15102-875].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 96.